There’s an entire generation of us out there lost and looking for a community.
We are Generation Y, the Millennial generation, 20 somethings seeking out the meaning of life.
Growing up we were promised the world, and when that didn’t happen after we graduated college (or high school), we didn’t know what to do.
We knew we were meant for more than making copies and becoming a whiz at Excel spreadsheets – the main requirement of any internship or entry level job.
Fighting for our livelihoods
We are not willing to stand by and watch our lives waste away as we do what we are told and put our time in, climbing the corporate ladder until one day, when we’re 50, we’re finally on top.
In fact, while most of us start out with a “real job” to pay the bills, we quickly realize we’re meant for so much more.
But because of our age, no one takes us very seriously. Most people think our generation is greedy and impatient (and it’s true, at times), and think we need to pay our dues, just like all generations before us were required to do.
But in our hearts, we know the world is changing. We know we don’t have any time to waste. We need to do meaningful work now, before it’s too late.
But to do that, we need someone to show us the way. We need someone to believe in us. To keep us on track to doing the great work we’re meant to be doing.
Changing the world
We need to be mentored.
My last mentor was my high school English teacher and basketball coach, Mr. Farland.
He encouraged me to be a better writer, a better athlete, a better person. I always tried a little harder when I knew he would be around. I knew he’d lend me support and encouragement, even when I went through a rebellion phase and died my hair pink and dated the dumb skater guy in hopes of running away from my obedient, smart kid reputation.
Mr. Farland affected me more than any book ever could.
Mentors change lives. They change the world.
Will you be our mentor?
For more on this subject, check out Kyle Reed’s post on mentors and submit a video to his cause.